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MnSCU must hand over course materials to ranking group, appeals court says

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that the state’s open records laws require that the Minnesota State College and Universities system turn over faculty course materials for education courses to a teacher reform group.

The National Council on Teacher Quality, based in Washington, D.C., had sued to get the materials, which it plans to use as part of its rankings of teacher prep programs, said the Pioneer Press.

The council also bases its rankings on course requirements and student teaching materials, the story said.

The group had already received the syllabus information from the University of Minnesota, after resolving a dispute over fees to prepare the information, the story said.

MnSCU fought the request, though, with the claim that the material was  protected intellectual property. Court rulings, though, said the materials were subject to fair use, and that the open records law trumped any copyright concerns.

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